This debut album from one of the most influential metal outfits of all time is what classic metal is all about.
Stuff "Appetite for destruction" ! This is it. The two are just not compareable in any way, shape or form. This is solid, astonishing heavy metal. The other is "rock"....end of story.
Paul di'Anno's vocal talent is a subject of much debate amongst Maiden fans, but I say if you rate this album, then you rate the vocals... I think they fit the sound. He wouldn't have done too well of Number of the beast and on, but he wasn't on them , so lets leave it alone!
Prowler, although not a Maiden classic, is a pretty good opener. Its got all the ingredients of a good metal tune. Thumping drums, chunky opening guitars and some furious soloing.
Sanctuary is fast and racy.
Rememeber Tomorrow is a great song. it takes you from slow involved listening to all out head shaking madness in the blink of an eye.
Running Free is a global Maiden anthem and thats all you need to say!
Phantom', the ever lasting Lucozade Theme (remember that?) is an epic song that showed the band were not just another long haired bunch of noise makers.
Transylvania has some blinding guitar work, but alas its my least fave song on the album. It does however, contrast nicely with Strange world which again is very moody and slow.
Charlotte the Harlot is my personal favorite. The opening is good, but the best bit (on song and album I feel) comes about 2 minutes 45 seconds into the song. This transition from slow pace to blistering lead guitar madness is just as dynamic and furious as any early slayer or Exodus break.
Iron Maiden is a good song that everyone can sing along to.
This album is an eternal classic. Whats better is that Maiden have progressed to make even better albums since (and a few ropey ones too!)
This should be in your classics section along with Motorhead's OverKill/Ace of Spades, Metallica's Kill 'em All and anything Sabbath did with Ozzy!
Up the Irons! Your grandchildren will still be listening to this long after you've popped off!